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Ecuador: Nature's Paradise and Land of Cotopaxi Volcano
Ecuador became the Kingdom of Quito around 1000 A.D. by the tribes settled in the northern highlands. Later on Ecuador became part of the Inca Empire in 1463 until Spanish conquered it in 1533. The first revolt against Spainish regime took place in 1809. In 1819, Ecuador joined Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama and the grouping was known as Greater Colombia. Ecuador became independent after the collapse of Greater Colombia in 1830.
Ecuador was invaded by Peru in 1941 and Peru seized large parts of Ecuadorian territory. In 1981 and 1995 war for freedom broke out again. In May 1999, Ecuador and Peru signed a treaty ending the nearly 60-year border dispute.
Ecuador has many scenic places to visit including the Mount Cotopaxi, world's highest active volcano.
Ecuador Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures:
Geographical Information on Ecuador :
Ecuador is located in Western South America, bordered by the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru. Ecuador has two high and parallel ranges of the Andes crossing the country from north to south. Tall active volcanic peaks like top these tall snow capped peaks. Ecuador has many active volcanoes scattered on its landscape, but Mt Cotopaxi is by far the most famous among them all.
Ecuador experience climatic variation depending upon the altitude of the place. The Pacific coastal area has a tropical climate, with a severe rainy season. The climates in the Andean highlands are temperate and relatively dry. The Amazon basin on the eastern side of the mountains shares the climate of other rain forest zones.
Culture, Cuisine and Tradition Of Ecuador:
The culture of Ecuador is not a single culture but the whole range of culture intermixed together and every culture has its stratified representation of their culture. This diversity on culture provides distinctive feature to Ecuadorians and their society. The fine cultural blend of Spanish, Indian, French and British are reflected through their life style and the way of celebrating their festivals. In spite of large scale intrusion the tribal life of Ecuador is preserved since centuries in remote areas of its rain forests.
Tourist Attraction of Ecuador:
Ecuador is a tourists' paradise. It is a place that has almost everything from nature's decorated landscapes to miles stretched lonely beaches abundant in flora and fauna to delight tourist's perception about nature. Ecuador has hundreds of different activities catering to the tastes of all different types of holidaymakers - from hiking, scuba diving, skiing, climbing, and trekking.
Major Sight-seeing Places in Ecuador include:
Avenue of Volcanoes - Banos
The Devil's nose train
Washington, May 23 (IANS) Twelve-year-old Indian-origin boy Sathwik Karnik won the 2013 National Geographic Bee by correctly naming Chimborazo, a peak in Ecuador, as the farthest point on earth from the Equator.
Quito, May 23 (IANS/EFE) The Ecuadorian Civil Space Agency issued an alert Wednesday about a possible collision of its Pegaso satellite, launched last month, with the wreckage of a Russian rocket.
The tiny northeast Indian state of Tripura has turned into the second largest producer of natural rubber in the country largely because several hundred former militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) were rehabilitated a decade ago and allotted land.
Madrid, May 14 (IANS) Barcelona have confirmed that striker Leo Messi will miss the rest of the season as a result of the muscle injury which forced him out of his side's 2-1 win away over Atletico Madrid.
New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) The envoys of four nations -- Ecuador, the Maldives, Lithuania and Malawi -- presented their credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan here Thursday.
New Delhi, May 9 (ANI): Four envoys presented their credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.
Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) The TCS World 10K Bangalore to be held here May 19 will have a super fast field of foreign athletes among the projected 23,000 runners, it was announced here Wednesday.
Quito, May 6 (IANS/EFE) Countries that share the Amazon basin resolved in the Ecuadorian city of Coca to create an observation center charged with promoting studies and coordinating actions to protect the rain forest, considered the lung of the planet.
Sydney, May 5 (ANI): Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could still be languishing in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in six months, according to his lawyer.
Rio de Janeiro, May 2 (IANS) Ecuadorian club Emelec will face Brazil's Fluminense next Thursday in the Copa Libertadores round of 16 first leg, to be played in Ecuador's southwestern city of Guayaquil.
New York, Apr 26 (ANI): Paris Hilton, who has expanded her business by opening a store in Colombia, insists that she's not a spoil brat.
Beijing, Apr. 26 (Xinhua-ANI): China successfully sent high-definition earth observation satellite "Gaofen-1" into space at 12:13 p.m. Beijing time on Friday, announced the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).
Buenos Aires, April 20 (IANS) Eight teams qualified for the round of 16 of Copa Libertadores, a football tournament organised by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), and will play against one another beginning April 24.
Rio de Janeiro, April 19 (IANS) Former Brazil international forward Rafael Sobis struck a second-half winner as Fluminense advanced to the Copa Libertadores knockout phase with a 1-0 victory over Caracas.
Quito, April 15 (IANS/EFE) Ecuador will send its first domestically produced satellite into orbit in late April from a launch centre in China, said the Andean nation's President Rafael Correa.
Sydney, Apr. 14 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said the idea that the United States wishes to extradite Julian Assange is "sheer fantasy".
Sydney, Apr 12 (ANI): Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone has revealed that he met the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London last week.
Moscow, April 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Ecuador have squeezed Russia out of the world's top ten football nations, new rankings published by FIFA showed Thursday.
Rio De Janeiro, April 1 (IANS) Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt narrowly missed breaking his own world record by powering to victory in a 150m exhibition event here at the Copacabana beach.
Rio de Janeiro, March 31 (IANS) Brazil's Bruno Lins earned the right to challenge Usain Bolt in Sunday's 150-metre exhibition sprint on Copacabana beach by winning heat for the last remaining starting berth.
Rio de Janeiro, March 30 (IANS) Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has vowed to push himself to the limit during Sunday's 150m exhibition event on Rio's Copabacana beach.
London, Mar 30 (ANI): The Ecuadorean authorities believe there is so little hope of Julian Assange leaving its London embassy in the near future that it has held talks with the British Labour Party in a bid to strike a deal that would see the Wikileaks founder sent to Sweden, where he faces rape charges, after the 2015 election, it has emerged.
Rio de Janeiro, March 29 (IANS) Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt said he does not believe the closure of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic athletics stadium will impact the city's preparations for the 2016 Games.
Johannesburg, Mar 29 (ANI): The two-time reigning Olympic champion over 100 and 200m Usain Bolt would race in Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach on Sunday
Wellington, Mar. 28 (ANI): The top prosecutor in Sweden pursuing sexual assault charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has abruptly left the case and one of Assange's accusers has sacked her lawyer.
La Paz, March 27 (IANS) Argentina missed the chance to all but secure their place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolivia here.
Bogota, March 26 (IANS) Colombian football coach Francisco Maturana escaped serious injury when his car crashed in the northern city of Medellin.
La Paz, March 26 (IANS) Lionel Messi said Argentina will be wary of the threat posed by the altitude of La Paz when they meet Bolivia here in Tuesday's football World Cup qualifier for 2014 Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro, March 24 (IANS) Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt says he is not thinking about setting up a new world record at next week's 150m exhibition event on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.
Johannesburg, Mar 17 (ANI): Premier League title race leaders Manchester United is reportedly set to hire a fleet of private jets to fly their superstars back from their forthcoming international duty in time for their next league clash at Sunderland in two weeks.
Buenos Aires, March 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least 16 people were killed and 25 others injured when a passenger bus plunged into a river in Ecuador's coastal province of Guayas.
Lima, March 13 (IANS) Trade between member countries of the Andean Community (CAN) saw a 12-percent annual growth in 2012, the sub-regional bloc said here in a statement.
Quito, March 9 (IANS) Ecuador's Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda called up 23 players for a World Cup qualifier against Paraguay here March 26.
Montevideo, March 9 (IANS) Uruguay press applauded Nacional de Football's 1-0 victory over Argentina's Boca Juniors as "heroic".
Caracas, March 6 (IANS) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer Tuesday at the age of 58. He died in a military hospital in Caracas, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on national radio and television.
Sydney, Feb 26 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said claims that the Swedish prosecution against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is part of a conspiracy to have him extradited to the United States is sheer fantasy.
Quito, Feb 26 (IANS/EFE) The Ecuadorian government decreed the implementation of price controls on 46 food products to combat "speculation", it was announced Monday, a measure that was rejected by the country's main business federation.
Caracas, Feb 24 (IANS) Supernatural forces have been evoked in Venezuelan politics, as representatives of the country's indigenous people held a ritual for ailing president Hugo Chavez, state media reported.
Sydney, Feb 22 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has dropped his decision to raise the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in discussions with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt next week.
London, Feb 16 (ANI): The cost of policing the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been staying for has reached 2.9 million pounds, it has emerged.
Sydney, Feb 13 (ANI): Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange has become a step closer to contesting a Senate seat in the Australian election, with an application made to put him on Victoria electoral roll.
Quito, Feb 13 (IANS/EFE) At least 18 inmates escaped from a maximum-security prison in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuadorian authorities said.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 12 (IANS) Brazilian rivals Atletico Mineiro and Sao Paulo are expected to provide the highlight of the opening week of this year's Copa Libertadores group stage when they clash at Atletico's Estadio Independencia in Belo Horizonte Wednesday.
Sydney, Feb 9 (ANI): Julian Assange, founder of the whistle blowing website Wikileaks, has urged US officials to leak secret documents on drone strikes.
Quito, Feb 6 (IANS/EFE) A court handed down a four-year prison term to a German citizen caught trying to smuggle four iguanas out of the Galapagos islands, authorities at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 5 (IANS) South American football's governing body Conmebol has opened an investigation into the stadium collapse in southern Brazil that injured seven fans last Wednesday.
London, Feb 1 (ANI): Infants as young as 18 months old can guess what other people are thinking, a new study has claimed.
Rio De Janeiro, Feb 1 (IANS) Brazil's football confederation - CBF - has admitted the country must act to address safety concerns ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.
Porto Alegre (Brazil), Jan 31 (IANS) Brazilian club Gremio qualified for the group phase of the Copa Libertadores with a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Ecuador's Liga de Quito at Arena do Gremio.
Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) The Barack Obama administration Wednesday slapped sanctions on a Colombian criminal organisation and its key drug trafficker.
Sydney, Jan 30 (ANI): Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's mother has confirmed that her son will run for a Senate seat in the 2013 Australia election.
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 30 (IANS) Fluminense coach Abel Braga says injured midfielder Deco is unlikely to be ready for the club's 2013 Copa Libertadores debut against Caracas Feb 13.
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 26 (IANS) Former Brazil international goalkeeper Dida will miss Gremio's Copa Libertadores qualifier against Ecuador's Liga de Quito next Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.
Sao Paulo, Jan 24 (IANS) Recalled Brazil international striker Luis Fabiano scored twice as Sao Paulo all but secured a berth in the group phase of the 2013 Copa Libertadores with a 5-0 victory over Bolivar at Morumbi Stadium.
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 21 (IANS) Chile president Sebastian Pinera has dismissed suggestions that the country is set to lose its status as chief host of the 2014 Dakar Rally.
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 20 (IANS) Chile international striker Eduardo Vargas has vowed to help Gremio challenge for this year's Copa Libertadores title.
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 17 (IANS) Brazilian top-flight club Gremio has confirmed the signing of Chile international striker Eduardo Vargas on a one-year loan deal from Italian Serie A outfit Napoli.
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 13 (IANS) Ecuador international striker Carlos Tenorio has agreed to remain at financially stricken Brazilian football club Vasco da Gama.
Quito, Dec 21 (IANS) Ecuador expressed its concern about the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday and criticized Britain for depriving him of his right to seek asylum.
Brussels, Dec. 20 (ANI): The European Union has donated its 2012 Nobel peace prize cash, plus a one million-euro top-up, to thousands of children impacted by war in Syria, Colombia, Congo and Pakistan.
London, Dec. 20 (ANI): The world's happiest people are in Latin America and those living in Singapore are the most unhappy, a poll has found.
Miami, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Nearly half a million people viewed the live online broadcast of Alejandro Sanz's Dec 6 concert in Miami, the web site Terra reported Monday.
London, December 16 (ANI): Galapagos tortoise, who's number had slipped down to merely 15 in the world in the 1970s, have risen to 1,000 on the islands thanks to a successful breeding programme.
Sydney, Dec 12 (IANS) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he intends to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in the next elections.
Washington, Dec. 10 (ANI): After 20 months of confrontation, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's hold on power is looking increasingly frail, leaving him and his regime with few remaining options.
Sydney, Dec 4 (ANI): Australian government officials believe that Julian Assange has no alternative other than to surrender for extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations, and that the whistle blowing website he founded is now 'broken'.
Yerevan (Armenia), Dec 3 (IANS) Lalitha Polipalli Prasad (49kg) continued his winning streak at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships here Monday.
Yerevan (Armenia), Dec 1 (IANS) Indian boxer Lalitha Polipalli Prasad (49kg) continued his purple patch at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships here.
Sydney, Dec 1 (ANI): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to keep exposing secret documents and defended his whistle blowing website, two years after it published sensitive US diplomatic cables.
London, Nov 30 (ANI): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is not suffering from a chronic lung condition, it has been stated.
Sydney, Nov 29 (ANI): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has a lung condition that could get worse, the Ecuadorian Ambassador to London has said.
London, Nov 28 (ANI): Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused "right wing" American politicians and "extremists" of handing his whistle blowing website an "economic death penalty".
Mexico City, Nov 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The lawyer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said the latter should not remain inside Ecuador's embassy any longer as his health condition might begin worsening.
Geneva, Nov 9 (IANS/EFE) Officials from the European Union and 11 Latin American nations gathered here Thursday at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization to sign a pact ending a two-decade-long dispute over banana tariffs.
Melbourne, Nov 8 (ANI): Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has described re-elected US President Barack Obama as a 'wolf in sheep's clothing', adding that he expects the American government to keep attacking his whistle blowing website.
London, Nov. 5 (ANI): Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, a new research has found.
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 31 (IANS) Brazil coach Mano Menezes says his team will be wary of the threat posed by Colombia striker Radamel Falcao when the teams meet in an international friendly in November.
London, Oct. 28 (ANI): Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has ended speculation about the ill health of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after visiting him at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last week.
London, Oct 26 (ANI): Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has described his experience of being holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as 'living in a space station'.
London, Oct. 25 (ANI): Businesswoman Dame Vivienne Westwood visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, as fears grew over his health.
Sydney, Oct 22 (ANI): Britain behaved like it was still an empire in its threat to raid Ecuador's embassy in London and arrest Julian Assange, an Ecuadorian official has said.
Quito, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) Ecuador will auction contracts for new Amazon oil blocks believed to contain as much as 1.6 billion barrels, Non-Renewable Natural Resources Minister Wilson Pastor said Friday.
Buenos Aires, Oct 19 (IANS) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said that Argentina and Barcelona FC striker Lionel Messi is "the best one in the world".
Sydney, Oct 17 (ANI): The Australian government shared intelligence on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange with the United States for more than two years, it has emerged.
Mendoza (Argentina), Oct 13 (IANS) Lionel Messi scored two second-half goals as Argentina beat Uruguay 3-0 to return to the top of the South American qualifying zone for the 2014 Football World Cup.
Buenos Aires, Oct 10 (IANS) Lionel Messi said Argentina have plenty of scope for improvement despite leading the region's 2014 Football World Cup qualifying standings.
London, Oct 9 (ANI): Nine high profile people who acted as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's bail sureties have reportedly been ordered to pay a total of 93,500 pounds.
London, Oct 9 (ANI): Pop Star Lady Gaga paid a visit to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 8 (IANS) Chile international playmaker Jorge Valdivia will be sidelined for the rest of the year after suffering a knee injury during Palmeiras' 0-3 loss to Sao Paulo in Brazil's Serie A football championship.
Caracas (Venezuela), Oct 7 (IANS) Under a joint programme promoted by Cuba and Venezuela, more than 1.5 million people from Latin American countries have had free eye surgery since 2004, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.
Sydney, Oct 6 (ANI): The mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has urged the public to congratulate crusading journalists, and beware of governments trying to 'hide the truth.'
London, Oct 2 (ANI): The police bill for staking out Ecuador's embassy in London to make sure WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange doesn't flee has already reached over a million pounds.
Washington, Oct. 2 (ANI): American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, along with fellow gold medalist Conor Dwyer, has filmed a public service announcement (PSA) urging support for greater access to clean water in developing countries, including India.
London, Oct 1 (IANS) A British and an Australian woman, who were kidnapped by a group of bandits in the Amazon jungle while on a canoe trip, have been rescued by the Ecuador army, it was reported here.
Sydney, Oct 1 (ANI): Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who continues to live in Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, has expressed concern over the security of his family, including his young children.
London, Sept. 30 (ANI): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is living in the Ecuador Embassy in London, has compared his one-room to a space station, which has a mattress on the floor and a blue lamp to mimic daylight.
London, Sept 29 (ANI): Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has said that they are ready to set up an operating theatre in its London embassy if Julian Assange needs urgent medical attention
London, Sept 28 (ANI): Human rights organisation Amnesty International has asked the Swedish authorities to issue assurances that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not be handed over to the US.
London, Sept 28 (ANI): The British government has told Ecuador that it was under an obligation to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault.
London, Sep.27 (ANI): Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has suggested that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could stay in its embassy in London for up to ten years if he is not allowed to leave and travel to Ecuador.